Learning is important—now more than ever. How do you equip yourself for changing times? How do you deepen and broaden your knowledge? Here is an informal place to find out what we’re doing, what we’re planning, and how we’re listening to you. Dr. Susan Nash, AAPG’s Director of Education and Professional Development, shares the new territory she’s introducing to AAPG with courses and dynamic new workshops. She is also planning more interactive, Web 2.0 offerings. So, give her your input about the best and worst of the wild and woolly world of webinars, Web-based training, and open courseware.

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During a downturn, diversify! Broaden your base with drones. New information on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, drones, and how they can be utilized in the detection of methane leaks around unconventional gas and oilfield sites, are of great interest in the oil and gas industry today. Dyan Gibbens of Trumbull Unmanned, in Houston, TX will discuss the challenges, advancements and lessons learned at the New Opportunities with Drones: New Needs, FAA Rule Changes, New Technologies workshop December 1-2, 2016, at the Norris Conference Center in Houston, TX.

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While multi-rotor drones have flexibility and can work in tight spaces, they may not have the enough range and cannot carry enough weight for large projects. Fixed-wing drones can often provide the solution needed for a large surveying or surface geology study. Welcome to an interview with Lyndon Nance, who discusses his experiences with large mapping projects in which he uses fixed-wing drones.

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Small drones, both fixed wing and multirotor, are tools well suited to capturing the imagery required for aerial mapping. The requirements for getting started in this business are less than one might think, but there's a significant difference between an attractive looking map and an accurate product. Welcome to an interview with Jeff Campbell, managing partner of Vertical Aspect, the managing partner of Vertical Aspect, a small company specializing in consulting, training and sales of products associated with UAV (drone) mapping.

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With each succeeding generation of technology, recoverable reserves increase in mature fields. However, there can be challenges because, despite the amount of information that is available, mature fields can be complex. The key is a robust reservoir model. Welcome to an interview with Sharma Dronamraju, AKD Professional Solutions, who discusses the best ways to build reservoir models and plan to revitalize a mature field.

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Dr. Larry Chorn was the perfect instructor for the Petroleum Economics short course held in Houston, Texas on September 22, 2016. He was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about sharing his experience with the course attendees. After attending this course, energy specialist will be better prepared for the challenges they'll face in today's every changing petroleum environment.

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Eastern Mexico has been one of the most prolific and most complex regions of the world, and many believe there is still great potential for undiscovered giant and super-giant fields. Welcome to an interview with Stephen Cossey, whose work in eastern Mexico, both onshore and offshore, are pointing to exciting new potential.

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Hot pipes set me free! Tar sands, heavy oil, paraffin — three killers of mature fields. Finally, a simple and effective solution — hot pipes! It’s a great concept, but does it work? Here’s a continuation of an interview with Dr. Richard Snow, Pyrophase, who answers questions about their technology that helps stimulate flow in wells with paraffin or low-gravity oil problems.

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Don't get left behind! Drones and drone-derived digital data are the hottest growth areas around. Combine your geoscience knowledge with new technology, both on the data acquisition side (fly that drone!) and in the project design and data interpretation (make high-powered maps and see what no one else has seen!). AAPG is offering two courses and a two-day GTW to equip you with practical knowledge you can leverage into a great new career opportunity. Combining a workshop with two courses is a great way to expand your knowledge and save time in your already hectic schedule.'The New Opportunities with Drones: New Needs, FAA Rule Changes, New Technologies' workshop brings together experts, equipment providers, robotics experts, and others knowledgeable in a wide range of commercial drone usage, which includes monitoring in the oil industry, digital outcrop surveying, safety and security monitoring, utility inspection, real estate, agriculture, construction, environmental protection, and more. 'Working with Drone Data 101' short course, is beneficial to anyone interested in learning more about Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and how they can play a part in mapping and information services. Drones are used in the oil and gas industry from upstream to downstream, and in many other industries. The second course, 'Use of Surface Geochemistry in Petroleum Exploration' is a one day discussion of the use of surface geochemistry in petroleum exploration for conventional production. This course will help utilize an additional tool in the toolbox to find conventional oil and gas in mature to unexploited basins.

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The solution to heavy oil and paraffin-clogged mature wells can often by heat, but heat is hard to economically introduce into a well. Welcome to an interview with Richard Snow, Chief Scientist at PyroPhase, whose new technologies are designed to economically heat the reservoir and allow the oil to flow.

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Geoscientists have more opportunities than ever to make working with drones and drone data part of their skill set and services rendered. But, there are often a number of misconceptions, especially when getting started. Welcome to an interview with Michael Nash, who provides a reality check about drones and drone capabilities. Please note that the drones references are the small drones used by the general public, and are not the large UAVs used by the military and other entities.

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